College Life

When embarking on your academic journey, it is useful to first gain insight into what you can expect to experience while you learn.


As the College has developed, we have had a growing number of graduates. All students completing our validated programmes are invited to join our alumni network. The alumni network holds an annual meeting and conference, which supports CPD hours and informs on College progress.

Our vision is to grow a thriving, engaged alumni community that provides support to each other as graduates.

IT & Comunication

Wi-Fi access is available at Waverley Abbey House. Our student virtual learning platform provides students with access to source lecture notes, additional material, discussions and messages.

Learning Support

Where students have specific learning needs, we are able to offer assistance in the form of study support and adapted resources. During the application process you will be asked to identify your learning needs and, once assessed, we will be able to put in place the support you need. There is an induction loop system at Waverley Abbey House.

Libraries, Books & Resources

There is a library at Waverley Abbey House, as well as online resources, which are offered to support our students. Students on validated programmes can also utilise several university libraries of their choice to access books.

Meals & Restaurants

The catering services at Waverley Abbey House are of the highest quality. Our in-house catering teams can support various dietary needs.

Pastoral Care

As a student you become part of the Waverley Abbey College family and if you have specific needs that we can support you with, we will do so willingly. This may be in terms of prayer for a specific situation or something more tangible in relation to your study.

Residential Accommodation

All of our longer programmes offer a residential element and while it is not compulsory, students value the opportunity of studying and living together for the duration of the programme. Many of our students also find short stays are helpful for them to focus on their studies.
The accommodation at Waverley Abbey House is shared en-suite rooms.

Disabled Access

Waverley Abbey House is a Grade II* listed property. The first floor (where most courses are held) and the second and third floors (where bedrooms are located) are reached by stairs. In the event of a fire, you need to be able to walk downstairs at an average walking pace, without assistance.

For further information, please contact our College Disability Officer Kathy Overton on

Student Representatives

As part of our shared responsibility for the quality of our programmes, each cohort nominate a student to represent them on our programme board. This is an important part of the management of the College and we welcome constructive feedback so that we can continually enhance the programmes we offer.


Worship is an integral part of Waverley Abbey College life. We hold regular prayer meetings and worship sessions.



All the tutors on the college programmes are practising within their fields of expertise and can offer a wide range of advice and support to students moving into employment. Many of the counselling students choose to set up in private practice, therefore the programme includes sessions on setting up in private practice, the legal requirements and navigating the accreditation process with the professional bodies. A very high percentage of our graduates are employed within the counselling profession, are in private practice or are members of pastoral teams within local churches.

Spiritual Formation:

All the tutors on the college programme are practising within their fields of expertise and can offer a wide range of advice and support to students moving into employment. The Spiritual Formation programme leads to a range of employment opportunities for example, graduates may work within a variety of institutions as Chaplains, as members of pastoral care teams within churches and schools and in private practice as mentors or coaches.